87 SciFi Facts About Star Trek For the Hardcore Trekkies

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1Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame is a Star Trek fanatic and can quote every line of dialogue (from all characters) from the original series.

2. We ain't found sh*t! a trooper from Spaceballs is Tim Russ, who also played Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager.

3. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was once in a plane crash in the desert in Syria. With two broken ribs, he repeatedly went back into the burning plane to evacuate passengers, then organized search teams to look for civilization.

4. Mae Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut, was inspired to apply to NASA by the Star Trek character, Lieutenant Uhura. Jemison later went on to make a cameo appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

5. The visor Geordi La Forge wore to give him a vision in Star Trek: TNG made his actor Levar Burton 90% blind while filming.

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6Roddenberry in WW2

Roddenberry in WW2

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry served in World War 2 with a pilot named Kim Noonien Singh and lost contact with him following the war's end. Roddenberry named the villain Khan Noonien Singh after his comrade in hopes that Singh would notice and contact him.

7. E.T., Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist, and The Thing were all released on the same month and competed with each other at the box office.

8. After NBC rejected the first pilot of Star Trek, Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy Fame used her clout to convince NBC to give Gene Roddenberry a second chance.

9. There is only one syndicated program to ever receive a Best Series Emmy nomination: Star Trek The Next Generation

10. Stark Trek’s star Spock (Leonard Nimoy) fought to get pay equity for Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on Star Trek in the 1960s.

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11DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley disliked repeating Dr. McCoy's catchphrase "He's dead, Jim", which appears 20 times in the original Star Trek series. It became so famous, however, that he joked that the line would appear on his tombstone. It did appear in the first sentence of Kelley's obituary.

12. When the studio behind 'Star Trek' received a letter from a builder asking how to make automatic sliding doors that opened and closed as fast as on the Enterprise, their reply explained that the doors were manually operated by an offstage crewman. If too late, the cast would hit unopened doors.

13. Gene Roddenberry was asked by a reporter about casting Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: TNG. "Surely by the 24th century, they would have found a cure for male pattern baldness." And Gene Roddenberry responded, "No, by the 24th century, no one will care."

14. Some of the male background characters in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' can be seen wearing skirts. This was explained as "a logical development, given the total equality of the sexes presumed to exist in the 24th century."

15. When Florence Henderson arrived to do her Brady Bunch screen test, there was no one on staff to do her make-up. She went over to the adjoining studio where Star Trek was filmed and ended up in a make-up chair surrounded by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and "six or eight space monsters".

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16James Doohan

James Doohan

James Doohan, "Scotty" on Star Trek, was shot by 6 bullets storming Juno Beach on D-Day: four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger

17. There are exactly 1,547 Lens Flares J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Movies

18. Gates McFadden, who played Dr. Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, choreographed the ballroom dance scene in the movie Labyrinth

19. Martin Luther King Jr convinced Nichelle Nichols to stay in her role on Star Trek because of the inspiration she had become to many other people

20. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine is a huge Trekkie and has actually appeared in Star Trek twice.

21Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

While filming a guest appearance on Star Trek TNG, Stephen Hawking was taken on a tour of the USS Enterprise set. When he saw the Warp Core, he paused, and said 'I'm working on that.'

22. Worf has appeared in more Star Trek episodes than any other character.

23. Lucille Ball owned Desilu Productions and was told the two most expensive shows were “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek,” so they have to go.’ But she said, ‘No, I like ‘em!’ And they said, ‘They cost too much!’ And she said, ‘But I like ‘em!’ So they left them.”

24. Star Trek's planets were seeded by an ancient humanoid race and that's why the races are humanoid and physically compatible.

25. An actor who appeared as an extra in 12 episodes of the original Star Trek series and whose face can be seen clearly in at least one episode was never credited and his identity remains uncertain to this day.

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